Season Outlook: Boston Red Sox

Projected 2017 Starting Lineup:

  1. Dustin Pedroia – 2nd baseman
  2. Andrew Benintendi – Left Fielder
  3. Xander Bogaerts – Shortstop
  4. Mookie Betts – Right Fielder
  5. Hanley Ramirez – Designated Hitter
  6. Jackie Bradley Jr. – Center fielder
  7. Pablo Sandoval – 3rd baseman
  8. Mitch Moreland – 1st baseman
  9. Sandy Leon – Catcher

Projected 2017 Starting Rotation:

  1. Chris Sale
  2. David Price
  3. Rick Porcello
  4. Drew Pomeranz
  5. Steven Wright

Season Outlook:

Even with the retirement of future hall-of-fame designated hitter David Ortiz this offseason, the Red Sox might actually be a better team heading into 2017 than they were last season. Boston’s roster is one of the best in baseball as basically the only weakness that the team has is at the catcher position. Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, and Jackie Bradley have all been all-stars at some point in their career. Meanwhile, Andrew Benintendi is widely considered the number 1 prospect in the MLB right now and he is due to become a star player possibly in 2017. The Red Sox have perhaps the best lineup in all of the MLB and that alone makes them a dangerous team. Meanwhile, the Red Sox also have three of the best starting pitchers in the MLB with David Price, Rick Porcello, and newly-acquired Chris Sale. That trio is going to be difficult to go up against especially if Boston makes a deep postseason run. Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright aren’t bad options at the back of their rotation as well. Boston also has a dominant bullpen led by Craig Kimbrel and Tyler Thornburg as the late inning options. This team is outstanding in every key area and that is what makes this team not only the best team in the AL East, but also a serious world series contender.

Prediction: 1st place in the AL East



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